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AGFC looking for rice producers to participate in habitat, hunting access program

May 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — There’s still time for Arkansas rice growers to apply to enroll their fields in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program and earn as much as $150 per acre without impacting current production on their fields. Applications are available at www.agfc.com/wrice and will be accepted until June 1.

AGFC offers payments to rice producers for habitat and hunting access

April 14, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications from rice field owners to enroll in its expanded Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program. Landowners may receive as much as $150 per acre annually while still maintaining the current production of rice fields. Applications are available at www.agfc.com/wrice and will be accepted until June 1.

AGFC authorizes access agreements at Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA

March 18, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission authorized AGFC Director Pat Fitts today to sign memorandums of agreement with the Lawrence County Conservation District and Flat Creek Watershed Improvement District to improve water delivery to flood Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area in northeast Arkansas.

WRICE program fields still offering benefits for waterfowl, birdwatchers and wildlife viewers

Feb. 17, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — There’s still time to enjoy one of the many private-land locations reserved throughout the state through the  Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Wildlife Management Division’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement Program, you’ll just need to switch from the shotgun to binoculars, spotting scope and camera. Until February 28, people interested in viewing wildlife on any of the WRICE program locations may do so without any special permits or permissions.

Private landowners, golf course honored for habitat work

Jan. 27, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Four landowners and one corporate partner who have dedicated private acreage to increase habitat for wildlife through work with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission private lands biologists, were honored with Private Landowner Awards at the Jan. 21 commission meeting. The awards, started by then-Chairman Ford Overton and AGFC Director Pat Fitts in 2019 with the honorees in attendance at the meeting, were planned again for spring 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic set those plans back.

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Jan. 13, 2021

Ducks and geese share the same watering hole in an east-central Arkansas rest area. Photo by Mike Wintroath.

AGFC adds 4,420 acres to public hunting opportunity in 2020

Jan. 13, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Hunters in Arkansas have enjoyed nearly 4,500 acres of new hunting opportunity during the 2020-21 hunting seasons, thanks to partnerships and leases by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in the last year.